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travertine

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noun trav·er·tine \ˈtra-vər-ˌtēn, -tən\

Simple Definition of travertine

  • : a light-colored type of rock that is used especially in buildings

Full Definition of travertine

  1. :  a mineral consisting of a massive usually layered calcium carbonate (as aragonite or calcite) formed by deposition from spring waters or especially from hot springs

Origin of travertine

French travertin, from Italian travertino, trevertino, from Latin tiburtinus, adjective, of travertine, literally, of Tibur (Tivoli)


First Known Use: 1730


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